Headaches are so common that it is estimated nearly half of people will experience one form or another over the course of a year. What are three of the most common headache types and what are some quick fixes? Let’s consider each individually along with a natural way to find relief from all three.
#1 Tension Headaches
This is the most common type of head pain. About 30% of people will have a tension headache this year. What causes a tension headache? As the name indicates, they are primarily stress-related that creates tension in the neck. Other factors that can lead to tension headaches include lack of sleep, poor posture, and bright lights.
If you can identify the triggers for your tension headaches, the quick fix is to avoid these triggers. For example, you may need to find a better way to cope with stress or plan your sleep schedule better.
#2 Rebound Headaches
Rebound headaches occur due to medication overuse. Unfortunately, just about every type of medication for head pains or migraines can actually cause more frequent attacks if the patient will use the medication too often.
The quick fix is to discontinue medication use. Unfortunately, this means dealing with the pain without anything to help dull it. However, it may be the only way to break the cycle that has turned occasional headaches into chronic headaches (15 or more per month) for some.
#3 Migraine Headaches
While headaches are a misnomer for this neurological condition, about 12% of people have migraines and many lumps this condition in with other headache types. Again, identifying your personal triggers can help reduce the frequency of migraines. Unfortunately, triggers vary from person to person, so you may have to keep a migraine journal to track what triggers your attacks.
Finding Long-Term Headache and Migraine Relief
Upper cervical chiropractors have found a lot of success in helping patients with headaches and migraines. A headache paper compiled the results of 101 case studies involving migraines and headaches. Nearly all patients saw a reduction in attacks following upper cervical intervention. Many saw a complete resolution of the problem. Contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn if you may be able to attain similar results.